Aug. 9, 1921 — Feb. 29, 2008
NORWALK — Selma (DeWitt) DeLong, 86, of Norwalk died early this morning at her home in rural Norwalk.
She was born Aug. 9, 1921 in Weston, the youngest child of the late Charles Jesse DeWitt and Margret Etta (Swavely) DeWitt. A descendant of early Ohio settlers, she was proud of her heritage. Selma recalled her childhood during the Great Depression as “sharing, making do and doing without”.
The “DeWitt Kids” were well-known in the area as entertainers. Their music filled the Weston Church of Christ, where C.J. DeWitt was a charter member. At 16 (March 22, 1937), Selma eloped with her childhood sweetheart, Alfred Grant DeLong. They tennent farmed near Bowling Green where their son Howard Franklin DeWitt was born, no electricity, no indoor plumbing, and no phone.
In 1952 they bought a farm in Norwalk. Together they worked the fields and raised their family. In 1968 a farm accident left Selma a widow. She moved into a little home in the woods of her farm Chipmonk Glen. There she cared for both her mother and later, mother in law, until their deaths. She worked at Gaymont Nursing Center, in the kitchen, until retiring in 1982. For the past 15 years she shared her home with her daughter. She was an avid Cleveland Indians fan, gardener, and bird watcher. She enjoyed puzzles, mysteries, reading, and cooking. Her four kitties, the wild critters, the farm life and her family, filled her days.
She is survived by her son, Howard (Maryann) DeLong; a daughter, “Mae” Mantey; several grandchildren and six great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Frank (Velma) DeWitt, Norman (Margaret) DeWitt and by her sister, Ruby (Glen) Henry, all of Weston.
There will be a private memorial service in the spring. Inurnment will be in Milan Cemetery with her husband.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the Citizens Bank, Account Number #2012707, Norwalk, Ohio to help with expenses, or to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44970 or to the Norwalk United Fund.
Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.edwalkerfuneralhome.com.